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Health and Wealth: What is on your client’s bucket list?

Having reached the age where life begins, I’ve become more aware of my life’s achievements and the things I still want to accomplish.  I was therefore interested to read the results of a recent survey carried out by a funeral director (CPJ Field & Co) which revealed the most popular  things people want to do before they die. The results are split into two age groups; 18-44 and 45+.  The subtle differences between the two groups is fascinating. Both groups listed travel as their main goal and seeing their children settled as their second highest priority. The lists then start to differ.  The next two most important goals for 18-44 year olds is to get married and have children.  Understandably, these two aspirations don’t feature at all for the 45+ group.  They’ve already been there, done that! For the over 45 year olds, it seems that fitting a few fun …Read More

Health and Wealth: Judge says doctors should be allowed to withhold “futile” life-sustaining treatment

The recent case of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v David James and Ors concerned medical treatment given to a terminally ill man. Musician David James suffered complications from cancer and his health deteriorated quickly.  He suffered multiple organ failure and became dependent on ventilator support  He ended up with minimal consciousness and his doctors concluded there was less than a one per cent chance of Mr James being discharged from the hospital. His doctors wanted to place a ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ instruction on his records but his family disagreed, saying Mr James still responded to their presence. The hospital trust asked the court for a declaration that Mr James lacked capacity to consent to or refuse treatment of any kind and that, in the event of a further deterioration of his health, it would be in his best interests for CPR to be withheld. Mr Justice Jackson, in the Court of Protection, refused the declaration …Read More